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Mouhamadou Diaw

Patching Oracle Database Appliance From 18.8 to 19.6

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The ODA software 19.6 is released and people are starting to patch. A direct patch to version 19.6 is possible from version 18.8. Before patching your deployment to Oracle Database Appliance release 19.6, you must upgrade the operating system to Oracle Linux 7. In this blog I am describing the steps I follow when patching an ODA from 18.8 to 19.6. I am using an ODA X7-2 (one node) The first step is of course…

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Jérôme Dubar

6 things Oracle could do for a better ODA

By | Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Operation systems, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction With the latest ODA X8 range, at least 80% of the customers could find an ODA configuration that fits their needs. For the others, either they can’t afford it, either they are already in the Cloud, or they need extremely large storage or EXADATA performance. Among these 80% of customers, only a few choose ODA. Let’s see how Oracle could improve the ODA to make it a must. 1) Make robust and reliable releases…

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Marc Wagner

How to configure additional network card on an ODA X8 family

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During a past project, we were using ODA X8-2M with one additional network card. As per my knowledge, on an appliance, additional cards are used to extend connectivity to additional network. Customer was really enforcing to have network redundancy between the 2 cards. I then took opportunity for some tests. In this post, I would like to share my experience on these tests and how to properly configure network card extension on an ODA.

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Jérôme Dubar

Oracle Database Appliance: which storage capacity to choose?

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Operation systems, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction If you’re considering ODA for your next platform, you surely already appreciate the simplicity of the offer. 3 models with few options, this is definitely easy to choose from. One of the other benefit is also the hardware support of 5 years, and combined with software updates generally available for up to 7 years old ODAs, you can keep your ODA running even longer for non-critical databases and/or if you have a strong Disaster…

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Jérôme Dubar

Terraform and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

By | Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring, Development & Performance, Operation systems, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction When you learn a cloud technology, like OCI, the one from Oracle, you start building your demo infrastructure with the web interface and numerous clicks. It’s convenient and easy to handle, even more if you’re quite used to infrastructure basics: network, routing, firewalling, servers, etc. But when it comes to build complex infrastructures with multiple servers, subnets, rules, databases, it’s more than a few clicks to do. And rebuilding a clone infrastructure (for example…

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Stéphane Savorgnano

Recover data from Azure backup

By | Operation systems, Security, Technology Survey | No Comments

During my last blog-post I experienced to use Azure backup to protect an on-premise Windows server. To recover data from Azure backup we need to use the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services console (MARS). This service and its management console have been installed during the setup of the Azure backup in the Windows Admin Center. When we open the Microsoft Azure Backup console, we directly visualize the jobs activity for the last 7 days in the…

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Jérôme Dubar

ODA 19.6 is available

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Operation systems, Oracle | 2 Comments

Introduction It’s been 1 year now that 19c is available on-premise. Finally, 19c is now available today on ODA too, in a real production release. Let’s have a glance of what’s inside. Is 19.6 available for my old ODA? The 19.6 release, like most recent releases, is the same for all ODAs. But oldest ODAs will not support it. First-gen ODA (now 8 years old), X3-2 (7yo) and X4-2 (6yo) won’t support this very latest…

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Stéphane Savorgnano

How Windows Admin Center can backup on Azure

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Operation systems, SQL Server | No Comments

To be honest I never used before Windows Admin Center but after some hours of utilization I’m still convinced. As SQL Server Management Studio is a great tool to manage our SQL Server instances with a CMS (Centralized Management Server), Windows Admin Center is a great tool to centralize the management of our Physical, Virtual, on-premises…Windows Server. This browser-based tool is also a hybrid tool which is able to integrate your on-premises servers with Azure…

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Jérôme Dubar

Patching ODA from 18.3 to 18.8

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Introduction 19c will soon be available for your ODAs. But you may not be ready. Here is how to patch your ODA from 18.3 to 18.8, the very latest 18c release. This patch has here been applied on X7-2M hardware. Download the patch files Patch number is 30518425. This patch is composed of 2 zipfiles you will copy on your ODA. Check free space on disk Applying a patch requires several GB, please check free…

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Jérôme Dubar

odacli create-database extremely slow on ODA X8-2 with 19.5

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Operation systems, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction ODA X8-2, in the S, M or HA flavour, is the new database appliance from Oracle. But as a brand new product, you can experience troubles due to the lack of maturity. This time, it concerns database creation that can be extremely slow on these servers if you are using ODA 19.5. Edit (April 2020): actually this bug is related to the Linux kernel. There will not be a patch to solve the problem….

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